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Nintendo of Europe cutting 320 jobs

Confirms that announced cuts will also affect temporary staff

Nintendo of Europe has confirmed that 320 jobs will be cut by August 31.

The company originally announced in June that 130 workers were being made redundant, but it's now clear that another 190 temporary agency workers are also having their contracts terminated.

The company provided the following statement to Kotaku.

"As previously communicated in June 2014, approximately 130 permanent employees will be released by Nintendo of Europe (Germany) at the end of August 2014 as part of a set of measures to better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.

"As a separate measure, Nintendo of Europe is reorganizing its European Localization Development (ELD) department, where it currently uses a number of temporary agency workers in translation and testing activities, in order to increase flexibility and cost-efficiency in the long-term. It is intended that there will be an increase in outsourcing future translation and test activities to third-party companies on an as-needed basis, and very sadly this has meant having ended the contracts of 190 temporary agency workers, who were formally notified of this decision in June 2014."

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